About Me

This is a blog about my latest creations and a place to babble about me & my world.

Have you ever looked up at the sky and tried to find a picture in the clouds?  Or sat by the ocean and just listened to the waves crashing against the rocks?  Lingered in a piazza and watched the people going by?  Life is a journey of self-awareness.  You may never truly figure it out, but the challenge is in trying.  And I am definitely willing to give it a try.

In my artistic endeavors I love to explore color, texture and patterns.  I try to challenge myself to express moods, rhythms and temperatures.   I love to learn and experiment to see what might, or might not happen.  Sometimes it works and sometimes I simply enjoy the problem solving moments in my studio.  

I grew up in the small farm town of Fullerton, Nebraska (#smallpond) and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and Art.  Following my undergraduate degree I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where I received an Master of Arts in American History with a minor in Art History.  It was in college where I more fully started my journey of travel and exploration through trips to Italy & France and an amazing year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Ireland.

I was fortunate to have supportive parents who didn't flip out when I informed them that I wanted to be an art major. And I am even more fortunate to have an encouraging husband who has created some dedicated space in our home for my creative endeavors.  (Added bonus, he LOVES to travel & explore too!)  

I love to connect people and lift them up creatively.  I started the Hibernate & Create 31 Days of Creativity Challenge in 2016 as a way to not only motivate myself, but to bring creatives together.  It has blossomed into an amazing group of support from around the U.S. & Canada.  I truly cherish this group and am proud of what we can accomplish when we work together.   They've inspired me to host my first Hibernate & Create RETREAT this January 2018.  I can't wait to share the experience with old & new friends.

I live in LaVista, Nebraska with Drew the husband, Toby the dog and Simon the cat. I spend my days working in corporate America and some of my free time creating.  I am a member of the Midwest Lampworkers Guild (no . . . we don't make lamps, we work in glass and all things bead related) and the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild.  My works can be purchased online via Facebook & Instagram posts, my Etsy site (when I get things listed) or at Fala's Treasures & Coffeehouse in Elkhorn, Nebraska.  I also take a limited number of custom orders. 

I have more ideas then I have time.

Kelli
degreesbykelli@gmail.com

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Where to next?  Chicago, Illinois!  And then Norway & Sweden!!